Chhewang Norphel in India is making his own artificial glaciers. The reason: the natural ones are melting and running away. His community in the Himalayas relies on run-off from the glaciers for water, which means that climate change poses a very real threat to their way of life. He’s come up with a brilliant way to adapt to a horrible situation:
Here, Norphel is using what is abundant – stone – to conserve what is precious – water. The idea is simple: Divert the unneeded autumn and winter runoff into a series of large, rock-lined holding ponds. As the days grow colder, the ponds freeze and interconnect into a growing glacier.